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Local school shows big improvements

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WAPATO, Wash.-- One local school has made it off the state's lowest achieving list.

Wapato Middle School had been on the list since it started three years ago.

The district says funds from the Summit Grant helped them retrain teachers and revamp their curriculum.

They assess how students are doing three times a year with "benchmark testing" and if a student is falling behind, they're given special attention and help to make sure they don't get overlooked.

The district says they've also changed their teaching methods.

"Posting the objectives so the student knows what they are supposed to learn that day. Making sure students are engaged, those types of things," said Glenn Green with the Wapato School District.

The district says although money from the Summit Grant has run out, they already have a new three year Merit Grant that will be used to continue to improve teacher instruction.